This week we focused more on gardening itself rather than other people and places relating to them. We learned about the different types and components of soil,
different kinds of flowers,
we made lists of the types of vegetables and flowers we would plant in our own garden,
learned about the different organic materials that can be used for mulch,
and we about the differences between botanical gardens and arboretums while exploring the National Botanical Garden and Arboretum online.
|Gabby's picture of an arboretum|
Gabby added some souvenirs from our trip to her garden journal.
We also read and watched online videos about the White House gardens. I really enjoyed learning about all the various trees and such that were planted by different presidents throughout the years that are still maintained to this day.
|Gabby's rendering of the White House|
I forgot to mention that the children attended another Build and Grow Clinic at Lowe's Hardware where they built me a Mother's Day gift.
|They even purchased some oregano and parsley for me to grow in them :)|
I had to laugh in the face of my city girl-ness and put another notch in my "southern girl" belt by making a worm farm with the children.
After drawing a picture of a ladybug in her journal, we took school outside and had some craft time. :)
We have been redoing the flowerbeds out front and had pulled out all of the rocks that lined the edges of them in order to access them better. We picked three of the rocks to paint to make ladybugs to decorate the edges of our flower beds once we are finished with the renovations.
We also finished The Secret Garden by Frances Hodges Burnett and watched the movie(both of which are my copies from childhood) to put the final touch on our unit.
We'll be returning to our regularly scheduled programming tomorrow, but we've had fun (again!) with this unit study from Amanda Bennett.
What's going on in your school?
Nature Close Up: Earthworms
Deep Down Underground by Olivier Dunrea
A Ladybug's Life by John Himmelman
Ladybugs: Red, Fiery, and Bright by Mia Posada
Are You a Ladybug? by Judy Allen
Ladybug by Karen Hartley
About Trees and Flowers:
North American Wildlife: Wildflowers A Reader's Digest Field Guide
Smithsonian Handbooks: Trees by Allen J. Coombes
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